New attempt at HDR photographing

I’ve never been a fan of instagram-effects on photos taken on a device with 0,5mm image sensor. However high quality HDR photos has always amazed me. I’ve tried before, but even with hours spent in Adobe Photoshop, I could not get the image to POP.

I don’t normally use Photoshop, and think it is a to “big” tool to use when you’re editing photos. I googled around a bit and the first three results were Hydra, Photomatix and HDR EFEX PRO 2. I landed on Photomatix, because, firstly I liked the idea of having the HDR functionality as a plugin in Aperture (which is the image editing and sorting app I use), and secondly, it looked like it produced better true HDR images then Hydra’s images.

Buying, installing and using Photomatix was as easy as hoped, and gave me the editing options I wanted. Took me 5 minutes to get the result below, by of course over-doing the sliders a bit. Will probably get better results when I’m done toying around. But still, I think the result is a lot better then insta-hipsta-über-matic apps for Android/iPhone.

Sunset in Hemsedal, HDR-testing

Ps. Photomatix is currently working on a standalone Linux version. Hopefully, more application developers will follow in their footsteps.

One thought on “New attempt at HDR photographing

  1. Nice picture! Would be awesome if Photomatix developed a Linux version. I am currently using http://www.darktable.org – the only “darkroom” software that is cross-platform and open source. It is a professional tool that I can recommend toying around with, and it also has HDR capabilities built in. It’s actively developed and offers functions not found in other softwares. If you want to try it out, I recommend to read trough the user manual to quickly get acquainted with the interface. http://www.darktable.org/usermanual/index.html.php

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